Few days ago I’ve been asked, what is better to use: flash light or LED light.
Lately the LED technology has developed quite a lot, and common lights started to be replaced with this light emitting diode (LED)… but is this new technology good enough to replace the conventional flashes used in photography?
First I want to start with some pros for the LEDs.
LED lights produce a soft light, that can allow a photographer to shoot with a 1.8 aperture. Compared with the studio lights, LED don’t overheat, and they stay cool to the touch. Also the LED emitted light is far more pleasing to the eye than the traditional one.
LEDs are energy efficient, so they don’t affect valuable battery life ( which is a very important aspect when you have a work on different locations).
Now it’s time for some cons.
One of the biggest problem is the cost.LED is a new technology so like any other new technological product the price is dictated by the market and by the mass production. Regarding the technical issues, there are two downsides of the LED lights.
The first thing is that an LED doesn’t have sufficient power to lighten a big area, so it’s limited and can be used only in a controlled environment.
The second problem is that you can’t use a LED to bounce the light off walls and ceilings, like with a normal flash.
In conclusion I would like to say that the LED lighting technology promise a lot, and right now you can find a good use of it in macro photography, still images and a controlled studio environment. Also it’s a good choice for HD video recording.
I wouldn’t recommend it though for photographers who need to action quick, like reporters and wedding photographers.